Tuesday – August 15, 2017



Local, Regional, Canadian News


Recommended Management Practices for Agricultural Irrigation Ponds

Agriculture is the largest contributor of any resource sector to the economy of Prince Edward Island.  Rainfall patterns have changed in recent years and in some cases, some farmers are interested in irrigating crops to ensure yield and quality. MORE


Farmers turn to specialized forecasting in face of rising extreme weather threat

In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming. MORE


Alberta agriculture groups see opportunity to ‘improve’ NAFTA with start of talks

Several of Canada’s most prominent agricultural organizations offered last-minute advice to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Edmonton Friday, ahead of the first round of NAFTA talks, set to begin in Washington August 16. MORE


Bumblebee colonies at risk of extinction after pesticide exposure: Study

A widely used pesticide is placing bumblebee populations at an increased risk of extinction, a new study from an Ontario researcher suggests. MORE


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Job Opportunity



Closing date – Thursday, August 17th at 4:00pm

The purpose of this position is to serve as a coordinator for all potato related programs and activities within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.  The Potato Industry Coordinator will also, in cooperation with industry, develop innovative ideas or projects in the potato sector and take action to ensure they are successfully completed.  The incumbent will work closely with other departmental staff, producers, industry leaders, agri-processors and other departments or agencies to bring projects to fruition. MORE


Environmental Farm Plan Renewals

The Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan Program sent out renewal letters in early 2017 to notify producers that their environmental farms plans would be expiring at the end of the year. If you are a producer who has not yet contacted the office to have your plan updated please call Matt or JoAnn at 902-368-7289.

EFP’s are valid for 5 years and we encourage all farmers to participate in the program. Participation in the program also allows you to apply for funding through the Growing Forward 2 Agriculture Stewardship Program, Farmland Finance Program and the Future Farmer Program. For your convenience the EFP can be completed at your farm or at the PEI Federation of Agricultural office and takes approximately 1.5 hrs to complete. EFP’s are no cost to the producer.

If you feel your EFP may be expired and you have not yet been contacted please call the office and we will check the status of your last plan. Further information on the Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan Program can be found on the PEI Federation of Agriculture webpage


Client Satisfaction Survey: Business Risk Management Programs

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with provincial partners, has launched an online survey seeking producers’ input on the level of satisfaction with our Business Risk Management (BRM) programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, and Advance Payments Program). The survey is intended to be completed by producers who have applied to these programs in recent years and focuses on their experience with them.

Results from this survey will help us understand client expectations and improve BRM program delivery services.

The anonymous survey will be available until July 31, 2017 and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

To complete the BRM Client Satisfaction Survey, please click here.

Thanks in advance for helping us better serve Canadian producers.




Drought-related livestock tax deferral zones widen again

More ranchers in five provinces may now be able to defer some of their taxable income from their livestock sales in 2016 due to drought. MORE


CME live cattle retreat on softer cash price outlook

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Monday on expectations for lower prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle this week amid ample supplies, traders said. MORE


British Beef Heading Toward Philippines

Filipinos can now enjoy British beef following a new export deal estimated to be worth £34 million. MORE


New Zealand’s Beef Cattle Herd Continues to Grow

Beef + Lamb New Zealand says that during the past year, New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 per cent – to 3.6 million head – while the decline in the sheep flock slowed sharply as sheep numbers recovered in key regions after drought and other challenges. MORE


Cereal Based Pork Production Offers Marketing Edge

The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc suggests cereal-based pork production offers Canada an edge in the global market place MORE


Protocols for Moving Non-Shedding Pigs from Formerly PED Positive Sites Under Assessment

Animal Health Officials in Manitoba are re-evaluating the movement of pigs no longer through to be shedding PED virus originating from previously infected sites MORE


World Pork Expo: Hog Slat Launches Upgraded Fan

Hog Slat launched an upgraded AirStorm fan at World Pork Expo that increases output by 13.5 per cent and efficiency rates. MORE


China’s Appetite Boost for UK Pig Farmers

British farmers will soon benefit from a major export deal with China as the United Kingdom’s pork industry taps into growing demand in China for British produce. MORE


Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – August 10 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Monday, August 14 HERE





More acreage, yields will be required to fill capacity at processing facilities in Alberta, New Brunswick. MORE


Dry Weather Has Maine Growers Hoping for Rain

August is a critical month for the growth of potatoes. With harvest occurring in September, at this time potato fields already have blossomed and the tubers have started to grow from petite new potatoes into full-sized ones—if there’s enough rain, that is. MORE



No evidence found of bacteria that causes zebra chip disease MORE


RPE brings a new crop and a new life to Old Oak Farms® Party Potatoes®

Old Oak Farms®, RPE’s core commodity brand, is bringing new life to the fingerling potato category with Party Potatoes®. MORE


Processing and packaging solution specialist tna opens new office in Russia

Processing and packaging solution specialist tna is bolstering its on-the-ground customer support with the opening of a new office in Russia, TNA Eurasia LLC. MORE


Bangladesh expects huge potato surplus due to increased supply and sluggish demand

Cold storage operators in Bangladesh said between 15 and 20 lakh (2 million) tonnes of potato will remain unsold by the end of the year because of sluggish demand for the vegetable. MORE


Potatoes in Practice stage for Scotland – China Potato Research announcement

The Chinese Government and leading potato company, Xisen Potato Group have committed £3 million to a collaboration with James Hutton Limited (JHL) to breed new varieties and research resistance to pests and diseases, tuber storage and potato processing. MORE


Scottish Potato Industry unites to fund major Blackleg Research project

A group of major potato businesses and public sector organisations including the Scottish Government and AHDB have sponsored a £242,000 (USD 313,000) research project aimed at reducing the impact of potato disease blackleg on the Scottish seed potato industry. MORE


Scottish seed potato exporters set to increase tonnage to Brazil and Kenya

Government representatives from Scotland and Brazil met in July to simplify the import classification requirements for seed potatoes. The game-changing meeting was organised and funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). MORE


Agreement to defend Canary “papa bonita”

The heat and drought recorded this year have especially affected the harvest of the Canary “papa bonita” potato, as these conditions are favourable for the appearance of the Guatemalan potato moth. MORE


South African potato sales grow by 24%

From January till July this year, an extra 12.9 million 10kg bags were sold on South African fresh produce markets than were sold at the same time last year; up 24%. As a result, market prices are 37% lower during the same period. MORE


UK invests $5m into potato farming in Zambia

The British government has invested US$5 million into potato farming in the Northern Province of Zambia, to boost agriculture production in the region and contribute to the country’s economic diversification programme. MORE


AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE




North American Grains/Oilseed Review – Canola falls with soy, technicals

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market ended lower on Monday, tracking losses in the US soy complex. MORE


ICE Futures Canada Monday: Canola prices lower, barley unchanged HERE


Fighting herbicide resistance in weeds

Provide a healthy, competitive crop stand to help battle back weed pressures MORE


Diagnosing phytophthora root rot in soybeans

Holly Derksen with Manitoba Agriculture talks about the disease and why you can’t just rotate your way out of it MORE


Goss’s wilt makes its first appearance of the year

Goss’s wilt in corn and Phytophthora root rot in soybeans have been among the pathogens noted in the provincial disease and insect updates MORE


Soy, spring wheat extend losses on technicals, weather

U.S. soybean and spring wheat futures pared losses on Monday but still closed lower as technical selling and outlooks for favourable crop weather continued to pressure prices following steep declines last week. MORE


The rain dilemma for U.S. corn, soybeans

Localized storms are making widely used weather models less meaningful to the market MORE


AM markets: ags revive from USDA shocker amid data doubts HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE


General Interest


Vegetarian junk food panned

Researchers say there are plenty of plant-based unhealthy dietary choices out there MORE


How ‘Big Ag’ Connects to Consumers Who Want Local

Consumers have more opportunity than ever to buy local, with more than 8,200 farmers’ markets sprinkled across the U.S., according to a new report from the USDA. In fact, the report cites a 180 percent increase in farmers’ markets from 2006 to 2014—a clear indication that more people want a connection to the farmers producing their food. MORE


Turning friends into targets

Be glad you aren’t the CEO of a major machinery manufacturer in the new era of Donald Trump MORE


Regular Updates


Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – August 4 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – August 9 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Thursday, August 10 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


ACORN AGM & Speaker Series

Location: Tweedie Hall, Wallace McCain Centre

Mount Allison University

62 York Street/62 Rue York

Sackville, NB

August 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00PM/13h00-16h00

BBQ/Potluck to follow at/à suivre 4:30PM/16h30 MORE


5th Palmer Conference (2017)

August 29 to 31, 2017 at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI.

This year’s Conference focuses on Canadian-American Relations, and includes panels on Trade and Commerce, the Environment, and Defense and Security (including food security as well). MORE


3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation

From field to road…do you have employees that drive your trucks, but don’t have their licenses?

We are looking for experienced drivers that would like to obtain their Airbrakes and Class 3A license.

The PEI Agriculture Sector Council will be facilitating these two courses through JVI and Access.

This project will be processed through the Canada Job Grant and Skills PEI.

Draft Schedule:

Day 1- Airbrake theory

Day 2- Review of Airbrakes and Airbrake test (written on site), Preform a pre-use inspection

Day 3- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Day 4- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Requirements- must have valid truck driving experience, but not licensed & Medical completed and returned

Lunch will be provided

For more details on registration requirements, contact Laurie at 892-1091.

Registration is now open, limited seating available. To sign up, contact the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 892-1091 or e-mail



PEI Open Farm Day 2017 – Sunday, September 17th


Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has been approved for a 2 year period.  Applications will be accepted starting April 26, 2017.

The program is designed to hire youth aged 15 to 30 for internships of up to 12 months.  It will be of interest to producers and organizations working in the agriculture industry and interested in implementing agriculture projects that are environmentally beneficial.

Producers operating a farm or ranch can hire a young person to implement an environmentally beneficial project in their operation.

Agricultural organizations, such as watershed groups and companies providing environmentally beneficial services can access the program to support an environmentally beneficial project their organization is implementing. Research organizations can receive funding to support their agricultural research that benefits the environment.

For an application form and more details on the program, please visit: Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative


Obsolete pesticide & animal health medication collections – November 6 – 17, 2017

Prince Edward Island from November 6 – 17, 2017.

Collection site locations and dates are available HERE.